Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang.


Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe from Lake Taupō. © Jeremy Bright

Taupo Tandem Skydiving Visit website

Taupo Tandem Skydiving is New Zealand's original skydiving operator and the only Qualmark endorsed drop zone in Taupo. With the widest range of camera options . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: the great lake

Lake Taupō is actually the drowned caldera of a super volcano, whose eruption in the first century AD caused meteorological effects noted by sky-gazers as far afield as Rome and China. Read the story . . . 

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Creel Lodge Motel & Retreat Visit website

Quiet, affordable relaxing retreat on the river. Trout fishing at its best. Rafting, snow skiing, Tongariro Crossing, kayaking, canoeing, biking, walking and tramping. . . . More . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: thermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupō district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and subsequent lake. Read the story . . . 

Orakei Korako - The Hidden Valley Visit website

As featured in AA's 101 Must-Do's, situated just 25 minutes north of Taupo and 45 minutes south of Rotorua nestled on the shores of Lake . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about Lake Taupō in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense.  Read the story . . . 

Oasis Beach Resort Visit website

True lake edge location and fabulous facilities make this a favourite for many of our regular guests - this property has it all and is . . . More . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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Quality Suites Huka Falls Visit website

BE INSPIRED BY A TRULY UNIQUE VENUE FOR ALL OCCASIONS Peaceful, private, relaxed and situated just minutes from Great Lake Taupo; discover Huka Falls Resort . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Hukafalls Jet Visit website

Hukafalls Jet is the only Jet Boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls for unique water-level views. . . . More . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Taupo Holiday Resort Visit website

NZ's first swim up bar and cafe in large lagoon thermally heated pool. Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is a destination in itself with a spectacular . . . More . . . 

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Huka Falls tracks

Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Waikato River, or explore the many lookout points at Huka Falls, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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A Plus Samurai Lodge Visit website

family owned and operated, relaxed, just like home, artists can inspire others A Plus Lodge is in a quiet location in Turangi town area-Tongariro region, . . . More . . . 

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Four free things to do in Taupō

Taupō has lots of exciting activities on offer but often the best things in life are free.  Read the story . . . 

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